Berger current events colloquium
The Hidden Migrant Workforce
April 21, 2017
Cornell Law School
Ithaca, New York
A small group of advocates and academics convened to present a preliminary overview of temporary foreign worker programs (TFWPs) in the United States and Canada, with a focus on key information gaps and initial proposals to address them.
Participants had the opportunity to learn the history and current realities of TFWPs in the United States and Canada, as well as interact with national and international experts in a vital yet neglected part of both immigration systems.
Afternoons consisted of strategy sessions for scholars, advocates and others working on issues relating to temporary foreign work programs in Canada and in the U.S. A range of perspectives on TFWPs were gathered, allowing participants to (1) explore ideas on how to bring attention to the issue among the broader public discourse around immigration and (2) identify research gaps and opportunities for collaboration to shed light on the most intractable problems inherent in the management of TFWPs (worker abuse and exploitation).
TECHIES, TEACHERS, NURSES AND MORE:
GUESTWORKER PROGRAMS FOR PROFESSIONALS
Professor of Immigration Law Practice, Cornell Law School
Director of Immigration Law and Policy Research,
Economic Policy Institute
Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies/ University of Ottawa
Associate Professor, Howard University
Immigration Policy Director, AFL-CIO
FARMWORKERS, AMUSEMENT PARK WORKER, MAIDS AND MORE:
LOW-WAGE GUESTWORKER PROGRAMS
Executive Director, Justice in Motion
Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center
Professor, Université du Québec a Montréal
Of Counsel, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC (former Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division)
Director of Global Campaigns, Unite Here
Senior Director of International Migration Policy, Center for Migration Studies